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View Poll Results: Montana is
more like the West Coast 18 37.50%
more like the Midwest 30 62.50%
Voters: 48. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 11-17-2014, 07:59 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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I lived in Great Falls which to me has always felt like a western outpost of Midwestern-ness since it's essentially the southernmost point of the Canadian wheatbelt. It was also founded by a Minnesotan and the chains (Perkins, Hardee's, Country Kitchen etc) are definitely more Midwestern. There's no Jack in the Box or Carl's Jr to be found.
I agree. No one can deny that Great Falls has a Midwestern influence. The architecture, the accents, and the overall culture. I get the impression that people on this thread think Montana is nothing but ski-lodges and cabins.
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Old 11-17-2014, 08:19 PM
 
Location: Cedar Rapids
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This is coming from an Iowan? I'm sorry, but the bolded statement may as well have been made by someone who has never been west of Baltimore. By what logic is it that "maybe" Montana could be culturally compared to WY and CO, but "probably" to two Bible Belt states that are, of course, categorically Southern/Southwestern and ostensibly different from Montana (as well as WY and CO ) overall in just about every way imaginable: geography, climate, demography, economy, history, socio-politics, etc.?

As others have accurately pointed out, Montana is fundamentally an Interior Mountain State. It is not coastal, it is not Midwestern, and it most certainly is not Southern.
Western rural ranching/cowboy and Protestant culture was my logic there. The point was influences similar to what you may see in Texas or Oklahoma - SANS Southern influences and focusing on those state's Western characteristics. As opposed to heavy farming and industrial cities of the Midwest with more of a Catholic influence.
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Old 11-17-2014, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Who Cares, USA
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I agree. No one can deny that Great Falls has a Midwestern influence. The architecture, the accents, and the overall culture. I get the impression that people on this thread think Montana is nothing but ski-lodges and cabins.
If I'm one of those people you're making reference to, I can assure you that is NOT what I think of Montana. Having actually traveled across the state several times, my impression is that the vast majority of the state is high, barren plains and a few scattered farmhouses. I think most people who posted in this thread are well aware that only the far-Western part of the state is mountainous and conducive to ski resorts.

Being that Great Falls is literally the only one of Montana's "major" cities I've never been to, I can't speak towards it. However, I have been to Missoula, Butte, Kalispell, Helena, Bozeman, and Billings more than a few times... and just never got any kind of Midwestern vibe from any of them.
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Old 11-17-2014, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Houston, Texas
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Being that Great Falls is literally the only one of Montana's "major" cities I've never been to, I can't speak towards it. However, I have been to Missoula, Butte, Kalispell, Helena, Bozeman, and Billings more than a few times... and just never got any kind of Midwestern vibe from any of them.
One thing to keep in mind about Great Falls, is that it is the only big (by Montana standards) city that is not experiencing growth. All of the other cities (except for Butte maybe) are experiencing growth, whether due to colleges, scenery, etc.

The majority of residents are natives (whose parents/ancestors often came from the midwest), or people from even smaller towns. I always thought it was like a time warp. Nothing ever really changes in that town. It's not really the typical Montana town.
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